Top 4 Reasons Your Gun Safe Is Beeping (How to solve them) - SafesRight

Top 4 Reasons Your Gun Safe Is Beeping (How to solve them)

If you are reading this article, you are likely running into a beeping sound from your gun safe! In this article, we will go through all the reasons your safe may be beeping so you can quickly resolve it.

Beeping from your gun safe can result from many different factors. However, the most common are:

  1. Dead batteries.
  2. Incorrect codes being entered.
  3. A time delay is activated.
  4. Tamper alert is activated.

So, with that said, let’s get into each reason and get you helped out!

1. Beeps every once in a while when you are not using it

This is the most common reason someone might need clarification about why their safe is beeping at them. If you find that your safe beeps occasionally, it likely is because your 9V battery is starting to die, and it is letting you know that you need to replace it.

To replace the battery (in most gun safes), you have to push upwards on the base of your electronic keypad, and it will pop off. This will reveal the 9V battery behind the keypad, where you will replace the battery, very much like a smoke detector in your home.

So, how often should you change your batteries? I recommend changing your batteries every time you change the batteries in your smoke detectors every 6 to 12 months or so. If you let your safe get to the point that it has to beep at you, you are waiting too long.

Remember, if you use your safe a lot, or hardly at all, it will change how often your battery will last.

Please note: Your electronic lock can detach from the safe, which may be a surprise. However, all the locking mechanism portions of the lock are on the safe’s interior. They are away from anyone that may want to break into your safe.

2. Beeps when you press electronic lock buttons

Almost every electronic lock will beep from the factory when you press buttons. This is generally to let you know that you have successfully pressed a button, and it was registered.

This lets you catch if you did something incorrectly before continuing with your code sequence. You can turn this beeping off, but we’ll talk about that later in the article!

3. Beeps after inputting the code, but the safe won’t open.

If your safe beeps several times after you attempt to put in your electronic lock code, and the safe won’t open. This generally means that you are either using an incorrect code or accidentally pressing the wrong buttons during the sequence.

I recommend trying your input more carefully to see if you are pressing the wrong buttons or if you should think about if you have recently changed your code.

I do recommend writing down the code that you use for your gun safe; however, never keep it close to the safe, and never label the code as your “gun safe code,” so it will be more difficult for someone to know what they are looking at if your code is discovered.

If you input your code incorrectly too many times in a row, you may go into a lock-out mode (aka time delay). This will lock you out of the safe for a specific time (generally 20 minutes). This will be evident by angry beeping after inputting your code and the safe not opening.

4. Your safe is beeping after you move it.

This is a good thing! Many newer, smart pistol safes offer tamper alerts. This means that if a child picks it up or a thief tries to take it away, it sounds an alarm with a beeping sound. Some, safes like Vaultek’s safes (which can be found on my favorite gun safes article), will even notify your phone to let you know it is being tampered with.

Can you turn off the beeping on a gun safe?

[Image courtesy of Vaultek]

While you can’t turn off some beeping functions on most safes, you can turn off the beeping sound when you actively press buttons on the safe.

This differs widely depending on the safe and the brand you purchased. Most safes will show you step-by-step how to do this in the user manual, or you can always call the manufacturer.

Generally speaking, you turn off the beeping by inputting a specific code sequence into the pad, which will disable the beeping.

So why would you want to turn off the beeping? While the beeping is helpful to let you know a successful input, it is also a sound that might alert anyone in the home of your presence that you may not want. This is up to you and the purpose of your safe. If it is for self-defense storage, you should disable it. If it is strictly for storage, then the beeping is quite helpful.

What should I do if I can’t stop the beeping?

So you read this article thoroughly, tried different things, and still can’t get your safe to stop beeping? That is where a locksmith is going to come into play. Locksmiths will work directly with the manufacturer of your gun safe to troubleshoot the issue on your safe. They will help by repairing any problems that have arisen and more.

If the safe is too damaged, it is possible they may have to drill and repair your safe to get it opened. Only certified locksmiths will be able to do this, though, as not just anyone can gain access to the information needed to do this effectively.


Beeping sounds from your gun safe are generally nothing to worry about and can be a helpful indicator that you need to change your batteries or that you might be pressing the wrong buttons during your input sequence. In some cases, you can disable the beeping by following a specific code input.

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